Rev. Michael Wolcott - Director of YXL Northeast - This is Mike's 10th year being involved in YXL, his seventh as the director. Mike is currently the Assistant Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He got a degree in Youth Ministry and Bible from Houghton College and then his Masters of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington DC. One of his passions is to develop teenage leaders in the church and not just giving them concepts but giving them practical ways to exercise that leadership through being teen leaders in youth group, service projects, missions trips and using their spiritual gifts in real practical ways at church and youth group. He is in his 18th year at Trinity. Mike is married to Sharon and has four wonderful children: Joseph, Anna, Daniel and Eden.
Deb Felak - Registrar and Planning Team - Deb is in her 10th year as our Registrar at YXL Northeast. She is an active member of Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ephrata, PA. Deb has an AMAZING husband, Chuck, five children, three sons-in-law, and five grandchildren she adores. Deb does a little bit of everything for YXL from registering, to doing hospital runs, to keeping in contact with speakers and churches, and keeping the rest of the planning team in line (that's a full-time job)! We are blessed to have Deb helping us out with YXL.
Joe Slack - Planning Team of YXL Northeast - Joe is in his 8th year of helping plan YXL Northeast. He is currently the Youth Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Joe is a graduate of Clemson University and loves his NATIONAL CHAMPION CLEMSON TIGERS (you can decide for yourself if this is looking BACK to 2017 & 2019 or ahead to 2020)! He also earned his Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary. Joe has a heart for challenging Christian students to step up and lead, using their gifts and talents. He has a real desire to ask the difficult questions to get students thinking about their faith and what that means for their lives. Joe can be seen leading a lot of our initiative and team building type activities. He likes to see students get frustrated because it creates teachable moments in regards to their faith and opportunities to grow in leadership. Joe is married to his wife of almost 17 years, Nicole. They have three daughters: Savannah, Alison, & Emmeline.
Heather Smith - Planning Team of YXL Northeast - Heather is in her 5th year as part of the YXL planning team, although she has been to a few more as a leader. Heather is a member of Providence Presbyterian Church outside of Pittsburgh, PA. She has enjoyed many years of working with the youth group there. After 14 years of teaching, Heather recently stepped away from full-time classroom teaching and has taken on a new role as a member of the Board of Directors for Robinson Township Christian School. She is excited to continue to use her teaching degrees and Master's degree in Instructional Leadership in new ways. In her free time, Heather enjoys running, knitting, cooking, and spending time with her husband, David, and their dog, Scout Finch.
Taylor Rollo - Planning Team of YXL Northeast - Taylor is excited about being a part of this ministry for a 3rd year. He serves as the associate pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg, VA, where he lives with his wife-of-twelve-years, Erika, and his two boys--Gabriel (6) and Corban (3). Part of his ministry at his church is leading the youth group, which has given him a passion to see youth grow in the Reformed faith, their love of Christ, their love for the Church, and their passion for the lost. He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary of Atlanta, but his background before seminary was in astrophysics, which he still loves. In his spare time, Taylor enjoys reading scientific journals and theology, writing, and watching Braves baseball.
Jeremiah Lin - Worship Leader/Planning Team of YXL Northeast - Jeremiah has the distinction of being the first student to ever sign up for YXL Northeast back in 2010. Since his first conference, he's attended YXL for three years as a student, and as a worship leader for the past several years. YXL also happens to be where he met his wife, Lydia, whom he married last year. He currently works in the engineering department at South Jersey Industries. Jeremiah is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, and he enjoys sharing his love for music with other people, especially students. In his free time, he enjoys running, driving, spending time with his family, and catching up with the latest NASCAR happenings. He has a desire to see people of all ages learn to worship God with excellence and serve God and others to the best of their abilities.
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